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    Texas Voter I.D. law thrown out

    Texas Voter I.D. law thrown out

    Texas is not doing well with federal judges in the District of Columbia.  Days ago a three judge panel threw out Texas’ redistricting maps, now a different panel has thrown out the Voter I.D. law.  (Opinion embedded below)

    This analysis from Rick Hanson at Election Law Blog:

    This is a careful, unanimous opinion from a three-judge court which rejects most of the social science evidence submitted by both sides on whether Texas’s voter id law imposes greater burdens on minority voters. Instead, the court bases its analysis on three basically uncontested facts: (1) Minority voters are at least proportionately as likely as white voters in Texas to lack the documents needed for Texas’s new id law (which the Court calls perhaps the most “stringent” in the nation; (2) the new i.d. law will put high burdens on poor people who lack id (many of whom would have to travel up to 200 or 250 miles at their own expense to get the i.d. as well as pay at least $22 for the documents needed to get the i.d.; and (3) minority voters in Texas are more likely to be poor. Using this simple structure, the court concludes that Texas, which bears the burden of proof in a section 5 case, cannot prove its law won’t make the position of protected minorities worse off. And the court suggests this was a problem of its own making: Texas could have made the i.d. law less onerous (as in Georgia, which the court suggests DOJ was probably right to preclear) and Texas could have done more to produce evidence supporting its side at trial, but it engaged in bad trial tactics.

    Texas v Holder – Voter I.D. Decision 8-30-2012


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    TrooperJohnSmith | August 30, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Well, sh!t fire and save the matches!

    These folks really do hate Texas. Well, we hate you back. If there was any justice on this planet (as opposed to Holder’s ‘Just Us Dept.’), the entire DNC would be indicted under RICO statutes.

    Time to secede. For real. And take Oklahoma and Louisiana with us.

    Doug Wright | August 30, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Myabe Texas needs to request that DOJ send some of its highly trained CRS staffers to Texas to organize things the way DOJ wants it done! Well, maybe not to the benefit of improving things in Texas except in the minds of the DOJ bunch.

    Or, perhaps DOJ has done it’s prep work already!

    stevewhitemd | August 31, 2012 at 12:09 am

    I like the description of the Puerto Rican ID card.

    Do this in every state with one minor change: make it free. Free as in you don’t pay a fee for the card. Our taxes (yours and mine) pay for it.

    If you do that you wipe out one key Democratic argument: that the poor “can’t afford” to get a voter ID card.

    Make it free, make it clear, and do it like PR. Then enforce it.

    That cleans up one vital part of our electoral process. Then it’s on to the registrars and the state secretaries of state.

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